Waterlogged Fiberglass Dry or Remove ?

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by MEJETSKI2000, May 14, 2012.

  1. MEJETSKI2000
    Joined: Jul 2009
    Posts: 24
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Maine

    MEJETSKI2000 Junior Member

    Have a few sections of soft fiberglass in the deck to floatation tank junction, about 6-8" in length, where water got behind the gelcoat and was never repaired. The soggy sections are maybe 1-2" in width. Can these sections be dried and relaminated (thinking epoxy and biaxial cloth) or do I need to grind until I get to clean glass and then patch ? It's a 44 y/o O'day, the laminate appears to be rather thin, at most (not counting gelcoat) about 3/16".
     
  2. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    pictures

    Can you post some pictures :confused: Is easyer to see what you have and what you are talking about !!
    :D:p
     
  3. PAR
    Joined: Nov 2003
    Posts: 19,133
    Likes: 476, Points: 93, Legacy Rep: 3967
    Location: Eustis, FL

    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    If the laminate is thin, you need more anyway. You can dry it out, but will it be clean enough for a good bond? Probably not, so just grind back to good, solid laminate and add the fabric it needs.
     

  4. MEJETSKI2000
    Joined: Jul 2009
    Posts: 24
    Likes: 0, Points: 0, Legacy Rep: 10
    Location: Maine

    MEJETSKI2000 Junior Member

    Pretty much took your advice, PAR. Better safe than sorry and I only want to do this once. I also have added substantially more material than what came out, as another Ospray owner had same issue with his hull so clearly it needs more strengthening.
     
Loading...
Similar Threads
  1. leaky
    Replies:
    18
    Views:
    278
  2. BornByAccident
    Replies:
    6
    Views:
    220
  3. BHM36
    Replies:
    3
    Views:
    182
  4. HCB66
    Replies:
    9
    Views:
    377
  5. beso
    Replies:
    8
    Views:
    425
  6. Tiger51
    Replies:
    15
    Views:
    389
  7. Mak1999
    Replies:
    53
    Views:
    1,068
  8. tessabeth
    Replies:
    13
    Views:
    388
  9. ProBoat
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    570
  10. fallguy
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    662
Forum posts represent the experience, opinion, and view of individual users. Boat Design Net does not necessarily endorse nor share the view of each individual post.
When making potentially dangerous or financial decisions, always employ and consult appropriate professionals. Your circumstances or experience may be different.